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Brendan Ryan could be back in a week
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

Yankees infielder Brendan Ryan took part in a minor-league game at the team's spring training complex Thursday, as he continues to recover from nerve issues in his back. According to MLB.com, Ryan could be activated from the disabled list in a week.  

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A's not ready to add Ryan Cook to ninth-inning mix
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

Athletics manager Bob Melvin is still not ready to consider Ryan Cook part of the closer-by-committee mix, MLB.com reports. However, he remains impressed with the progress Cook has made since returning from the disabled list.

"He was the one guy coming out of spring late, not as many appearances as the other guys, so we were kind of spoon-feeding him into a more prominent role," Melvin said. "He just gives us another option late in games, and we have a lot of them."

Cook owns a 1.35 ERA, with an 8:6 K:BB ratio over 6 2/3 innings pitched.

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Scott Hairston will work on outfield drills Saturday
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

Nationals outfielder Scott Hairston (oblique) took batting practice on the field again on Thursday without any issues, manager Matt Williams told MLB.com.

Williams expects Hairston to do regular outfield drills on Saturday. Barring any setbacks, Hairston could start working on game situations in the near future.

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Ivan Nova opts for surgery, done for season
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

Yankees starting pitcher Ivan Nova will undergo Tommy John surery to repair a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow Tuesday, with Dr. James Andrews set to perform the procedure. Manager Joe Girardi confirmed the report Thursday to MLB.com, noting that the likelihood of repairing the injury without surgery was too low to take a risk.

"I think it's the right decision," manager Joe Girardi said. "I haven't really seen anyone rehab a partially torn ligament and have success. It seems what it does is just delay the inevitable of what's going to happen. Then instead of maybe missing a year and a little bit of time, you miss a couple of years."

Nova will likely need 12-18 months to return to action, meaning this is probably the last we will see of him until the 2015 season starts. 

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Finally healthy, Red Sox looking for lineup consistency
by Eye on College Basketball staff | CBSSports.com

With the return of Shane Victorino to action Thursday, Red Sox manager John Farrell hopes he can keep his lineup consistent moving forward.

The Lineup had Dustin Pedroia leading off with Victorino behind him, a combination they will likely look to keep going moving forward. Farrell will have to wait one more day before having his full projected Opening Day lineup available, as third baseman Will Middlebrooks is expected back from the disabled list against the Blue Jays.

"I think that's the one thing I talked about a minute ago, is just the continuity and some stability with the names we anticipated breaking camp with. Three and a half weeks into the season, we're finally getting there," Farrell told MLB.com.

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Rafael Furcal on track to return May 6
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

Marlins infielder Rafael Furcal is on track to return May 6 against the Mets, according to the Sun Sentinel on Thursday. He is expected to spend at least a week in Double-A Jacksonville on his rehab assignment.

Furcal missed the 2013 season due to Tommy John surgery.

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Josh Johnson goes under the knife
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

Padres starting pitcher Josh Johnson underwent successful season-ending elbow surgery on Thursday, MLB.com reports. It's Johnson's second Tommy John surgery, and his first since 2007.

Johnson signed a one-year deal worth $8 million with the Padres after posting a 2-8 record with a 6.20 ERA in 16 starts in 2013.

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Edwin Jackson loses in first quality start
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

Cubs starting pitcher Edwin Jackson threw the ball well Thursday against the Diamondbacks, but didn't get much help as he dropped his second decision in a 5-2 loss.

Jackson recorded his first quality start of the season, limiting the Diamondbacks to three runs in seven innings of work. He allowed five hits and a pair of walks, but had to settle for the loss, his second of the season. Jackson finished the start with four strikeouts, while throwing 64 of 104 pitches for strikes.

Jackson is off to a rocky start to the season, posting a 5.02 ERA and 1-2 record through five starts. He will try to get back on track in his next start, set for Tuesday in Cincinnati. 

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Chase Headley exits game with calf strain
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

Padres third baseman Chase Headley was forced to leave Thursday's game against the Nationals because of a right calf strain, MLB.com reports.

Headley sustained the injury coming out of batters box during his first at-bat in the second inning. It's the same calf injury that kept him sidelined for a good portion of spring training. He was replaced by Alexi Amarista.

Headley is hitting .186 with two home runs and seven RBI in 70 at-bats. His status remains up in the air for the second game of a four-game series on Friday.

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Travis Jankowski to miss 'significant time' due to broken wrist
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

Padres outfield prospect Travis Jankowski will miss a "significant" amount of time after suffering a broken bone in his left wrist on Wednesday, MLB.com reports.

Jankowski, the 44th overall pick in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft, injured his wrist while running into the fence after making a catch. He was hitting .254 in his first 67 at-bats for Double-A San Antonio.

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